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Mrs. BONO MACK. Madam Speaker, I rise in very strong opposition to this flawed bill that imposes new taxes, increases costs to consumers, and adds to our already massive deficit. This bill and the outrageous abuse of process and all the backroom deals needed to secure passage is simply the wrong approach.
My father was a teaching physician at USC-LA County Medical Center. He would have been appalled that a massive new bureaucracy will now be making the health care decisions for his patients. In my district, thousands of seniors will lose their preferred Medicare Advantage coverage that serves them so well and has saved lives.
This bill is little more than a shell game that shifts costs, picks winners and losers, and does nothing to achieve real reform. The American people have resoundingly rejected this dangerous approach. True reform should be accomplished with bipartisan cooperation, not strong-arm tactics. The only thing that is truly bipartisan tonight is opposition to this deeply flawed bill. We can and must do better. I urge my colleagues to join me in voting ``no.''